Treasures of the Maya Spirit Exhibition Showcases Collection of The Future Museo Maya de America at 2014 Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show
Exhibition Unveils New Research On The Crouching Masked Jaguar Dancer Sculpture—The Greatest Mayan Discovery in Recent Times
Treasures of the Maya Spirit is an exhibition that celebrates Maya culture and its contributions to the world. The exhibition will present more than 200 extraordinary examples of Pre-Columbian Maya Art, and will also feature some of the finest examples of native Guatemalan textiles, antique masks, and dance costumes, as well as contemporary works of art by prize-winning artists and anonymous artist-artisans, reflecting the Maya region´s worldview.

Treasures of the Maya Spirit focuses on the art and civilization of the Maya people and is curated by several organizations headed by Gio Rossilli: Sofia Paredes Maury, Fundacion La Ruta Maya; Ines Guzman, Museo Maya de America; Raymond Senuk, Friends of Ixchel Museum; Professor Peter Markman & Dr. Alison Heney, Xipe Projects; and Adrian Lorenzana, Paiz Foundation.

La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation

La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the rescue, conservation, and preservation of Guatemalan cultural values by promoting education, dissemination, and valorisation of the Maya's cultural heritage in the Mesoamerican region. The Foundation has a collection of more than 4,000 Pre-Columbian objects, and is responsible for the custody and management of these objects, duly registered at the Registry of Cultural Property. Among them are ornaments, figurines, monuments, sculptures, ceramic vessels, and
Polychrome Stucco Figure of a Warrior as a Crouching Jaguar
Southern Maya lowlands, probably southwest of the Lakes region of Peten, Guatemala.
Early Classic period (ca. 250 AD- 600 AD).
Height: 66 cm; Length: 266 cm; Width: 105 cm (Register No.1.2.1.299)
These objects were manufactured using a variety of materials from different sources found in Mesoamerica such as clays and minerals for ceramics, shell, bone, coral, jade, obsidian, flint, and basalt, among others.
Mosaic Jade mask with coral and obsidian and inlaid shell
Terminal Classic Period (900 - 1200 AD)
Maya Lowlands
Length: 34 cm; Width: 18 cm
(Register No. 1.2.144.187)
Photo: FLAAR

Friends of Ixchel Museum

The Friends of the Ixchel Museum, a US charitable foundation, was established in 1984. There are two primary missions for the organization: to promote interest in the Maya textile tradition through exhibitions, education and publications outside of Guatemala, and to support the work of the Museo Ixchel by funding selected projects. The textiles on exhibit are from the collection of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum. Over the years the collection has been built solely through the donation of textiles.

For the most part the textiles on exhibit are ceremonial textiles reserved for special occasions including but not limited to cofradia (religious co-fraternities), weddings, baptisms, and mass attendance. They date to the first half of the 20th century and represent some of the finest examples from the period. These kinds of textiles are still being produced today but in limited numbers and with very different materials. The textiles in this exhibition were curated by Raymond Senuk.
Cofradía Huipil (ceremonial woman's blouse)
Department of Chimaltenango,
Language Group – Kaqchikel
1940s/1950s Sanchez Collection/
Friends of the Ixchel Museum
Xipe Projects:
1) Moor Mask from the Dance of the Conquest
Mid to late 19th century

2) Dog Mask from the Dance of the Deer
Early 20th century

3) Monkey Mask from the Dance of the Monkeys
Early 20th century
Xipe Projects is a museum and a non-profit educational foundation, which houses the Peter and Roberta Markman collection of masks and popular art. The museum/Foundation is committed to the dissemination of information through exhibitions and publications aimed to stimulate interest in Latin American masking and popular art through conducting and underwriting research that will be presented in publications, lectures, and seminars; exhibitions of material drawn primarily, but not exclusively, from the Markman's extensive collections; and acquiring, conserving, and publishing information about the masks, costumes, dance paraphernalia, and popular art of various Latin American traditions. The masks and folk saints in this exhibition were curated by Dr. Alison Heney.
Paiz Foundation

The Paiz Foundation for Education and Culture was founded by Carlos and Graciela Paiz in the 1970s. Their social work program started helping young Guatemalans achieve better access to education. Presently the Foundation has a yearly impact on more than 70,000 people and is dedicated to the cause of developing educational programs using the arts and culture as tools for social development.

Luis González Palma
LA ROSA

(Photograph; 91.5 x 91.5cm)
In 1978, the Paiz Foundation started a Guatemalan art Biennial, a very ambitious program which now happens to be the area's most important visual arts event. Many of the most renowned artists in Guatemala's modern art history have had their first exposure through the Paiz Biennial. There have been 18 editions since the Biennial's inception, spanning 36 years of building the Foundation's visual arts collection, where some of the most outstanding works of art can be found. Guatemala is proud to be honored at this year's LA Art Show and in response the Paiz Foundation will exhibit a special selection of pieces from the collection curated by Adrian Lorenzana to share with the viewing public.
Fundación Museo Maya de América unveils the design of Central America's largest museum of Maya artifacts and culture.
The Museo Maya de América, will be located in Guatemala City, and is to become a leading venue for the public to view objects, artifacts, artworks, textiles, and information on the history and culture of the Maya civilization. The institution is among the most ambitious cultural projects in the region, containing approximately 60,000 square meters (more than 600,000 square feet) of construction with a budget of US$60 million.




"With an enormous sense of optimism and a vision for the future, we aim to create a museum that celebrates Maya culture and carefully explains it," states Fernando Paiz, President of the sponsoring organization Fundación Museo Maya de América. "We want the world to understand the sophistication and richness of this civilization in Guatemala and beyond."

Organized for maximum public interaction with the site, the ground is given almost entirely to open space. The galleries reside within the floating box, which is connected to the lower levels by stairs that climb their way around a central courtyard. "The central court evokes a cenote, a type of natural sinkhole characteristic of the Yucatan and held sacred by the Maya," states Roberto de Oliveira Castro, principal of over,under. "Open to the sky and lushly planted, the eight-story cenote functions as the heart of the museum, and it forms an orientation point within the museum that extends down to the parking levels below ground, providing an interesting route into the museum and a special place to display underworld-related artifacts."

The design of the Museo Maya de América has been developed by Harry Gugger Studio of Basel and over,under of Boston. Seis Arquitectos of Guatemala City will serve as the architect of record. Conceptual design work has been completed, and a fundraising campaign has commenced.